The History of Taiwan
by Xiaobing Li
October 2019, 253pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6125-3
$65, 55€, A93
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While Taiwan views itself as an independent nation, the Chinese government firmly believes the island is a part of its mainland.

This one-volume handbook explores the history of Taiwan, from its prehistory to its Japanese colonization to its tumultuous relationship with China in the 21st century.

This addition to the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series focuses on significant events in the history of Taiwan, from ancient history to the present. Following the general series format, the book opens with the series foreword and a chronology of key events in Taiwan’s history.

Eleven chapters follow, with half of the book focusing on the modern historic events that occurred post–World War II. Chapters examine topics and eras including Pre-history and Early Civilization to 1100; Formosa: The Dutch Colony, 1622–1662; Cold War Island: Conflicts and Control, 1950–1972; and Democratization and Independence Movement, 1996–2004. A glossary of terms and annotated bibliography rounds out the work, making it an ideal resource for high school and undergraduate students as well as general readers who are looking for an introduction to Taiwan’s history.


  • Includes a timeline of significant events for an at-a-glance overview of Taiwan’s history
  • Features an appendix of Notable People in the History of Taiwan, with brief biographies of those who have made important contributions through history
  • Offers photos and maps for additional context to and support the text
  • Provides an annotated bibliography with detailed information on resources for further study
Xiaobing Li, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of History and Geography and director of the Western Pacific Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is author, editor, or coeditor of ABC-CLIO's Modern China; Oil: A Cultural and Geographic Encyclopedia of Black Gold; China at War: An Encyclopedia, and Civil Liberties in China. His other works include China's Battle for Korea: The 1951 Spring Offensive; Evolution of Power: China's Struggle, Survival, and Success; and Modern Chinese Legal Reform: New Perspectives.


"Recommended. General readers through faculty."—Choice, October 1, 2020

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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